Gartner Research

Taking the Mystery Out of Business Rule Representation

Published: 14 March 2013

ID: G00248432

Analyst(s): Nicholas Gall


Approaches for business rule representation are numerous and often competing and overlapping. This research helps business process directors understand the alternative approaches, best-practice use cases, and the enterprise's trade-off between complexity and linguistic power.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • An Antiquated View of Business Rules
    • A Partial Solution
    • Enter the Explicit Business Rule
  • Why Are There So Many Different Business Rule Representation Approaches?


  • Implement Labels as an Active Part of the Rule's Automation
  • Implement Graphical Aids to Represent the Relationships Inherent in the Rule Structure
  • Implement Structured Languages to Create Linguistically Powerful Rules
  • Implement Constrained Natural Languages for the Greatest Degree of Linguistic Power, but Understand They Are Not Perfect
  • Set Aside Pure Natural Languages for Now

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